Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

Choosing a Hairstyle for the Mature Woman (2)

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      It’s important to remember however, that trying to tighten up the skin in this way is not something that will work indefinitely. It’s really only useful in early signs of aging. When the inevitable happens, and the fine lines and wrinkles don’t respond to these tricks, it’s time to take a different approach. At this point, we turn to camouflage, and style the hair in such a way as to either hide the offending feature, or distract from it.
      For instance: when the eyes are lined with crow’s feet or the laugh lines in the forehead are permanently set, Try incorporating fringe/bangs into the hairstyle, and/or add layers along the forward edge of the style around the face. Use a razor or scissors to texture these layers heavily, and style them to fall gently over the areas to be hidden in soft, wispy edges. You can adjust the length and “density” of the layers as desired, and by keeping the style softer, you can prevent hard lines which only exaggerate an aging appearance.
      The hair cut can also work to camouflage problem areas on the lower face as well. If aging has caused your jaw line to sag, or your ears to droop, longer hairstyles make it easy to hide these problem features. And if the problem area is somewhere that can’t be readily “disguised”, use styling techniques to draw focus away from them. When the area of the neck under the chin has become sagged and formed the dreaded “wattle”, then incorporating elements like an asymmetrical fringe, or accent curls into otherwise smooth locks, will keep the attention on the hair, and not the face.
      As a person ages, she undergoes changes in the color of the hair. Some of the changes are dramatic – as in the case of gray hair – while some are subtle – the hair color generally lightens over the years and grows more subdued. Because of this, haircolor can be a great way to revitalize your look and create a more youthful appearance.
      When dealing with gray hair, remember that your goal is to keep your hair looking natural, while blending away the gray. Because of this, you want to avoid using haircolor that will make the hair darker overall. This becomes especially true of those with lighter hair pigment in the non-gray hair. By using a lighter color to blend the gray into the rest of the hair, you simply make the gray hairs appear to be highlights and add depth to the color, without making the hair look “colored”. In other words, you remove the signs of aging without making it noticeable.
      The general lightening of the haircolor that happens as a part of the aging process is a slightly different situation with which to cope. Not only does the hair lighten overall as we get older, but the pigmentation of the skin changes too, which can have a major impact on the way we deal with the problem. In this situation, the goal is to add some vibrance and shine to the hair (since it also tends to become dull as part of this “fading”) without making the hair too dark to be compatible with the skin tone of the older woman.
      Too many women – especially those women who’ve colored their hair for a long time - make the mistake of keeping to the same shade of color as they grow older. The end result is that many of these women end up looking washed out by hair of a color too dark for their skin tone. When the hair has become faded and dull, the correct way to deal with it is to use a toner product (a translucent color formula) that will add just enough pigment to the hair to brighten or enrich the color without darkening the hair too much. In addition, you can use demi-permanent “clear-gloss” products that will add shine enhancers without using pigment and will restore a youthful sheen to the hair.
      Another change that the hair undergoes as we grow older occurs in the texture of the hair. Hair that is of normal, or fine texture may become coarser (particularly in the case of graying hair), and even change wave pattern becoming straighter or wavier as the years advance. When the change is more significant, the goal is to make sure that the texture stays uniform. In mild cases, added moisturizing is called for, to keep the hair as hydrated and as soft as possible. In cases where the hair has become very wiry, or the hair has become wavier or straighter than it was originally, you can consider having a perming or straightening service to restore the youthful texture to the hair. Just remember that if the hair has grown more porous as you get older, you will need to redouble your moisturizing efforts.
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